• Jan 12, 2011
2011 Kia Optima – Click above for high-res image gallery

We're big fans of the swoopy new 2011 Kia Optima – in fact, some of us here at Autoblog even prefer the Kia sedan to its Hyundai Sonata cousin. Apparently we aren't the only ones who think highly of this fiercely competitive mid-sizer, as Cars.com has just honored the Optima with its 'Best of 2011' award.

The editors of Cars.com cited the Optima's outstanding fuel economy and excellent driving experience. Specifically:
"With its value, sharp packaging, outstanding fuel efficiency and lofty features, the Optima gives all family-car shoppers a shot at something far more compelling than the segment represents."
Runners-up include the BMW 5 Series, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Volt (which was recently named North American Car of the Year), Honda Odyssey and Nissan Leaf. All good vehicles, yes, but the Optima's strong presence within the mid-size sedan segment – the most-shopped segment in the auto industry – is a huge achievement for Kia. Head over to Cars.com to read the full story.



Photos copyright ©2011 Zach Bowman / AOL

[Source: Cars.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      It`s still junk.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I admit, this is a great looking car inside and out but I don't think it is worthy of the "Best of 2011." Nothing about this car is groundbreaking or new, in terms of technologies.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bravo, you really deserved it
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks beautiful.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When a Kia or Hyundai win a award at Europe or Asia, then we will talk.
      But in America bah, even a Accent win over a Mercedes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Numbers appear to back up my impression that Hyundai has got top tier quality, but Kia is still mid-pack. Is that an accurate generalization? Will it still apply to the Optima?
      At this point, if a friend or neighbor that's less of a car nut than me asked for a recommendation, I would point them to the Sonata before the Optima. The Optima may be the more engaging drive and take a different stylistic approach, but i don't yet know what you would sacrifice in trade.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Elantra just joined Sonata, so Optima's not going to Montgomery. There was rumor it was going to West Point along with Sorento and Santa Fe, but so far they're all coming from S. Korea. But most of the components are common, so there really shouldn't be any big difference.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While the Sonata is US-built, the Optima up until this point was mostly Korean made... but I believe they are shifting production of the Optima to be made along side the Sonata so I don't see why they shouldn't have the exact same quality ratings moving forward.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Numbers appear to back up my impression that Hyundai has got top tier quality, but Kia is still mid-pack. Is that an accurate generalization? Will it still apply to the Optima?"

        The reason for that is that the (previous) Sorento and Sedona were often Kia's biggest sellers, and they weren't anything special from a repair-record standpoint. The previous Optima, while boring, had excellent reliability no matter what the source.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car would be absolutely perfect with the Sonata's interior.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @sunrider101 look at his posting history, all he does is troll on Hyundai. Don't feed the idiot troll.
      • 4 Years Ago
      had this as a rental for a week, a real cheeky car,on the highway, it was a chore to keep it in one lane.
      • 4 Years Ago
      can we have this in Canada yet? Please! Americans please slow down on these so we can have some, thank you!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or all cars starting to look the same? The Optima looks nice, but it's styling is kinda generic. Just my 2 cents.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since I am passing a 95 Camry XLE down to one of the kids I hope the presence of this car in the market will put some downward pressure on new Camry prices. The Obama managed attack on Toyota didn't do much, though. Interesting the troubles OTHER companies have had SINCE that get little or no UAW churned coverage in the press.
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